The thread regarding fair trade and resellers for the past several days has been highly informative to the Etsy community. We heard many different voices, all of whom we thank for participating. We hope that all those community members who were reading and did not speak up will do so at the Town Hall Meeting tomorrow at 7PM. We all have a stake in this project.
The question of resellers (vintage, supplies, fair trade products) has continued to interest the Etsy community for some time. Those who oppose resellers wish for stricter definitions of "handmade" in order to fortify a singular identity and in some cases to shield from unwanted price competition. Those in favor of continuing our current policy feel that they have the same intentions, goals and methods as other sellers.
Some ideas/solutions that were brought up:
-The development of a charity division for fair trade crafts
-A fair trade coop and general handmade collective section
-Issuing a survey to Etsy subscribers to gain opinions in a wider demographic
-Changing the existing qualifying policy to "Handmade by Seller"
While we can mull over a few of these, the big picture is that as Etsy grows, it can help open you and your products up to more buyers. The integrity of the landscape is one of the most important features of Etsy, and we see it as being open to a diversity of businesses.
As we refine the distinctions in our policy, we appreciate your input and patience.